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Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Pyrrho » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:22 pm

http://gizmodo.com/in-worrisome-move-ka ... 1796587120

Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a disturbing trend of governments demanding that private tech companies share their source code if they want to do business. Now, the US government is giving the same ultimatum and it’s getting what it wants.
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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Rob Lister » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:39 pm

Doing business in general or doing business with the government? It's hard to argue with the logic of the latter.

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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Anaxagoras » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:55 pm

The latter according to the article

The company’s willingness to share its source code comes after a proposal was put forth in the Senate that “prohibits the [Defense Department] from using software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab.” It goes on to say, “The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that any network connection between … the Department of Defense and a department or agency of the United States Government that is using or hosting on its networks a software platform [associated with Kaspersky Lab] is immediately severed.”
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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Witness » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:27 am

So computers protected by antivirus/firewall are taken offline, and the rest left online?

Just joking… :P

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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:45 am

Anaxagoras wrote:The latter according to the article

The company’s willingness to share its source code comes after a proposal was put forth in the Senate that “prohibits the [Defense Department] from using software platforms developed by Kaspersky Lab.” It goes on to say, “The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that any network connection between … the Department of Defense and a department or agency of the United States Government that is using or hosting on its networks a software platform [associated with Kaspersky Lab] is immediately severed.”


Seems reasonable, to be honest. It is a foreign made product that has complete control over the system. It is the proverbial fox guarding the hen house.

They should hold Microsoft to the same standards.

As should we all.

But then we'd all be running Linux.
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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby gnome » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:36 pm

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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Rob Lister » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:11 pm

And now Best Buy has removed it from their actual and virtual shelves. They're offering other-product free replacement for any active subscription.
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/9/16280 ... ersecurity

There's still no actual evidence of any wrong-doing on the part of Kaspersky other than just being Russian. While that is justification enough for a U.S. government computers, which should be using open source or at least American products anyway, it has practically zero to do with consumers.

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Re: Governments demanding and getting security source code

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:28 pm

There's something that doesn't add up about the Best Buy story.

People buying anti virus software at an actual physical store?

Which means they are paying for it, right?

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